Moon Tiger: Modern Adventures Along China's Ancient Silk Road (Paperback)

Modern Adventures Along China's Ancient Silk Road

By Penelope Lively

Grove Press, 9780802135339, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 1997



Winner of the Man Booker Prize

The elderly Claudia Hampton, a best-selling author of popular history; lies alone in a London hospital bed. Memories of her life still glow in her fading consciousness, but she imagines writing a history of the world. Instead, Moon Tiger is her own history, the life of a strong, independent woman, with its often contentious relations with family and friends. At its center -- forever frozen in time, the still point of her turning world -- is the cruelly truncated affair with Tom, a British tank commander whom Claudia knew as a reporter in Egypt during World War II.